About RHMA


RHMA plants and strengthens churches in small towns. Through the years the blessing of God has clearly been evident, as new churches have been established and existing churches given new impetus. In the process, countless have been won to Christ and nurtured in their faith.

RHMA ministers to thousands of town and country churches and pastors through . . .

  • Our staff of church planters and missionary pastors
  • Small-town pastors’ conferences
  • Seminars
  • TACT (Town and Country Training) classes for seminary students
  • Printed, media, and website resources

Do you share RHMA’s passion to meet the spiritual needs of rural America? Then this website may provide just the help and encouragement you are seeking!

A Word from our Executive Director

Thank you for your interest in RHMA! Whether you are new to rural America or a veteran, please take a look around. . . . Click Here



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RHMA offers seminary-level training for those headed into small-town ministry. Or those already there wanting a refresher course!

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Executive Director Ron Klassen discusses the unique spiritual needs and dynamics of ministry in rural communities.



RHMA Conference speaker (and small-town pastor) Stephen Witmer addresses the issue of small churches facing a global pandemic.


After serving for 19 years as Dallas Theological Seminary’s 5th president, Mark Bailey has “retired” into a new role – Chancellor and Senior Professor of Bible Exposition. He has a real heart for small-town ministry!

“God has put me in touch with some great people in my role as President of Dallas Seminary – including academic deans and presidents of seminaries in North America and internationally. I’ve said this often, including to the academic deans and presidents: Those who are serving in small towns are my heroes. They really are – more than anyone I have met anywhere, because of their faithful long-term commitment to be God’s men and women in the small places God has put them.”

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Ron Klassen was recently interviewed by 95Network, a ministry devoted to encouraging small and mid-size churches. You can listen to the podcast by clicking here.





Though from another day and age, Martin Rinkart knew all about a pandemic. Read more – along with his hymn of thanksgiving you’re likely familiar with – by clicking on his picture.









If you’re a pastor’s wife in rural ministry, we encourage you to check this out! 

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Interested in a little information on the who/what/where/why/when of RHMA?

View our 75th anniversary video . . .











Upcoming Conferences

Upcoming Conferences

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Small-Town Pastors'

TACT Program

TACT Program

3 out of 4 graduates seeking a pastorate will find themselves in a small-town or country church ... Are you prepared?

Rural Ministry Resources

Small-Town Updates

Small-Town Updates